Lewinter Law

Sexual Harassment and Other Types of Workplace Harassment

Oregon and Federal laws prohibit discriminatory workplace harassment. Sexual harassment is the most common type of discriminatory workplace harassment. Sexual harassment must be because of the gender of the victim, but it need not necessarily be motivated by sexual desire. For example, harassment based on perceived failure to live up to a sex stereotype is a form of sexual harassment, even though it is not motivated by sexual desire. An employer or employee may also engage in sexual harassment by repeated insults or slurs based on the sex of the victim. To be actionable, the sexual harassment must be severe or pervasive, and must be of a type that would offend a reasonable employee in the position of the victim.

Oregon and Federal laws prohibit harassment on other bases too. For example, Oregon and Federal laws prohibit disability harassment, age harassment, and racial harassment. Oregon law prohibits harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, too.

Depending on the nature of the dispute and the client's preference, Mr. Lewinter may first attempt to settle your case prior to litigation. If the parties are unable to reach a resolution to the employee's satisfaction, however, the case may proceed to the following forums for resolution:

  • Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI),
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Mr. Lewinter may then proceed to file a lawsuit in either state or federal court, at which point the case will proceed to trial.


If you've experienced Sexual Harassment, contact Andrew Lewinter, Attorney, P.C. today for a free consultation.


Call (541) 686-4900
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